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WorkforceZone Summer 2015 edition now online

The Summer 2015 edition of WorkforceZone looks at recent impact and innovation along with emerging opportunities in workforce development for Southwest Missouri and the greater Four-States Area. The magazine-style report helps inform stakeholders, customers, community leaders, and state/federal officials of important progress for the region’s public workforce system. The PDF version is available as a 3mb…

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WIB expands research tools for economic development and sector impact

The noble calling of economic development work extends beyond the mere dollars and cents of business recruitment and expansion.  It’s about prospering communities and creating opportunities for the people of Southwest Missouri and the greater Four-States. The WIB upgraded its capacity with a new suite of tools through its partnership with Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.…

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Newton County Celebrates Work Ready Designation

Newton and Barry counties joined Jasper County as fully-certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC).  The Joplin Metro is now Missouri’s first MSA certified as work ready.   Remaining counties in the WIB and JRP areas are closing in on their goals, helping build work-ready regions and corridors.  CWRC and NCRC™ investments already are paying off with…

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WorkforceZone Winter 2015 Edition

It’s part annual report and part professional journal.  The Winter 2015 edition of WorkforceZone looks at recent impact and innovation along with emerging opportunities in workforce development for Southwest Missouri and the greater Four-States Area.  Check out the downloadable PDF online (18mb) for the following features. KOAM and KSN TV covered a legislative open house…

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Targeting middle skill jobs for competitiveness

The demand for “middle-skills” jobs—those that require more education and training than a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree—remains high, yet the lack of a properly skilled workforce is hindering the ability of American businesses to compete globally. Similarly, a lack of relevant skills is hurting the average American’s ability to…

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Smarter location investments made easier with CWRC

Workforce quality and availability routinely rank in the top five factors when surveying decision-makers and investors on which communities will provide the strongest return on investment. Often, workforce tops the list.  The elusive search for skills within the ideal locations to invest can be made easier by starting with Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC) and…